12 January 2013

Kenya: Two Million SIM Cards Turned Off

Photo: The Star
A poster encouraging people to give up their fake phones.

THE switch off of unregistered mobile phone and modem sim cards continues with the government reporting that 2.4 million numbers had been deactivated as at January 8.

Market leader Safaricom has disconnected a total of 1.2 million unregistered sim cards, Orange 520,000, Airtel 365,266 and YuMobile on the other hand has switched off 323,000 phone numbers, regulator Communications Commission of Kenya said yesterday.

"In our view, the disconnection of unregistered SIM card is progressing well in light of the laborious process of first verifying registration data received from dealers and agents countrywide," said the CCK in a statement issued yesterday.

Subscribers whose lines have been switched off have up to 90 days to register their SIM cards, before their numbers are recalled permanently and reassigned to new users.

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